Category Archives: DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES

BIG CHANGE IN CAJON PASS

THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD EXERCISED THEIR RIGHT TO A ROUTE THROUGH THE CAJON PASS BY CONSTRUCTING A NEW LINE FROM COLTON TO PALMDALE. THE NEW LINE SAW ITS FIRST REVENUE FREIGHT TRAIN IN 1967. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, I MADE TRIPS TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITE … Continue reading

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SOMETHING DOES NOT LOOK RIGHT; BETTER CHECK IT OUT.

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It was 1968 and my Wife’s brother was home on leave. We had decided to show Joe a little bit of the high desert in the Antelope Valley area and we were headed home in the late afternoon when I … Continue reading

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THE LAST UPRR PASSENGER TRAIN

The Union Pacific Railroad has a long and proud history of operating premier passenger trains. But alternate modes of public travel became available in the 1920 era and ridership of passenger trains of all U.S. railroads began a slow decline. This … Continue reading

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SANTA FE BIG HOOK IN ACTION

This apparent sideswipe resulted in the lead locomotive of an Eastbound freight leaving the the rails and ending in the ditch. This accident happened in mid-1971 on the AT&SF mainline portion located near Carmenita, Cal.  I do not recall the … Continue reading

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A SECTION OF OLD TRACK – SO WHAT?

It was my good fortune to be a participant of a 1965  railfan excursion trip up the AT&SF Fallbrook branch line. Today the line is long gone and all that remains are our photographs. The Fallbrook branch was originally a … Continue reading

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THE WYOMING SITE OF THE UNION PACIFIC’S INFAMOUS DALE CREEK BRIDGE

THESE PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN DURING A UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY  ANNUAL CONVENTION HELD IN CHEYENNE, WYOMING. MY THANKS TO JIM EHRENBERGER FOR MAKING THIS RARE VISIT TO THE BRIDGE SITE POSSIBLE. THESE PHOTOGRAPHS  ARE BY THE OLD MACHINIST.

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NOW LOOK AT THE FINE MESS YOU’VE MADE!

THE TITLE OF THIS POST MAY LEAD YOU TO THE CONCLUSION THE OLD MACHINIST DOES NOT FEEL A WRECKED TRAIN IS A SERIOUS THING. BUT, ALAS, HE HAS HUNG OUT WITH MANY TRAINMEN OVER THESE PAST FIFTY YEARS AND HAS … Continue reading

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